The Reliability of the Tuck Jump Assessment

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Clemons, Marissa; LaBarre, Kaylyn; Mason, Marissa; Szymczak, Nicole
Exercise Science
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The Tuck Jump Assessment (TJA) is a plyometric exercise designed to examine presence of 10 flaws while completing tuck jumps for 10 seconds. The flaws include issues with movement patterns such as knee valgus at landing and differences side to side. TJA is commonly used for assessing the risk of lower extremity injuries like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. The purpose of this literature review was to analyze research to determine if TJA has inter- and intra-rater reliability. PubMed was searched for keywords, including: tuck jump assessment, TJA, reliability, inter-rater reliability, and intra-rater reliability. Research to examine the reliability of the TJA, although limited, does exist. Included articles contained healthy participants, use of the TJA or modified TJA, and retrospective analysis of video. The modified TJA uses a 3-point scale, compared to recording presence or absence of flaws. Analysis of current literature suggests variability exists in reliability of the TJA, which will be discussed.